The proven Zacks Rank system focuses on earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find winning stocks. Nevertheless, we know that our readers all have their own perspectives, so we are always looking at the latest trends in value, growth, and momentum to find strong picks.
Looking at the history of these trends, perhaps none is more beloved than value investing. This strategy simply looks to identify companies that are being undervalued by the broader market. Value investors rely on traditional forms of analysis on key valuation metrics to find stocks that they believe are undervalued, leaving room for profits.
On top of the Zacks Rank, investors can also look at our innovative Style Scores system to find stocks with specific traits. For example, value investors will want to focus on the "Value" category. Stocks with high Zacks Ranks and "A" grades for Value will be some of the highest-quality value stocks on the market today.
One company value investors might notice is Intevac (IVAC). IVAC is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy), as well as a Value grade of A. The stock is trading with a P/E ratio of 16.08, which compares to its industry's average of 29.58. Over the past year, IVAC's Forward P/E has been as high as 237.46 and as low as 13, with a median of 25.41.
Value investors also frequently use the P/S ratio. This metric is found by dividing a stock's price with the company's revenue. This is a popular metric because sales are harder to manipulate on an income statement, so they are often considered a better performance indicator. IVAC has a P/S ratio of 0.88. This compares to its industry's average P/S of 1.45.
These figures are just a handful of the metrics value investors tend to look at, but they help show that Intevac is likely being undervalued right now. Considering this, as well as the strength of its earnings outlook, IVAC feels like a great value stock at the moment.